We presume that all our readers are acquainted with the fact that the ministers of the Protestant Reformed Churches and the ministers of the Reformed Church in the U. S. have had several conferences in years past. The fact of this matter has been advertised repeatedly. The members of both churches have also contributed financially for this worthy venture.

The last Conference was held at Hull, Iowa, and the conference for this year will be held at Sutton, Nebr.

The undersigned brethren have been appointed by the 1946 conference to take care of matters for the 1947 Conference. And at this time we would acquaint you with the work we have accomplished, and we will also render our financial report to date.

At our last conference the following invitation appeared on the table, and I quote: “To the Conference in session at Hull, Iowa, October 1-3, 1946:—The Hope and Emmanuel Reformed Churches of Sutton, Nebr. herewith extend a joint invitation to the Conference to meet in Sutton, Nebraska in the year of our Lord 1947. (w.s. Rev. Calvin Stuebbe and Rev. U. Zogg).”

The conference at Hull, while in session, appointed a committee to serve us with a report and advice regarding a possible future conference, speakers, chairman for the conference of 1947, conference committee, etc. This committee rendered the following report which was unanimously adopted; and I quote again: “1. The committee took action to consider the question of the advisability of another conference in 1947. And the (present) conference is very strongly encouraged to meet in conference again next year, 1947; 2. In regard to the theme for the conference of 1947 the committee suggests the conference to leave the topic to the Conference Committee; 3. The committee recommends to the conference to continue the present conference committee, the Revs. William Korn and Gerrit Vos; 4. We recommend the following speakers for the 1947 conference: the Revs. H. Hoeksema, C. Hanko, and P. De Boer of the Protestant Reformed Churches, and the Revs. Dr. K. J. Stuebbe and Wm. Korn of the Reformed Churches in the U. S.; 5. We recommend that the conference accept the invitation from the Sutton churches for the place of meeting of the 1947 conference, and the time to be the week after the Fall Classis West of the Protestant Reformed Churches; 6. And, finally, we recommend that the Rev. A. Cammenga be chosen to be our President for next year’s meeting at Sutton, Nebraska.”

As said before, the Conference at Hull adopted this report and advice in full.

At first the date for the Sutton Conference would have been September 30, October 1 and 2, but since the March Classis West decided to meet the first Wednesday in September 1947 instead of the last Wednesday, the Sutton Conference will now be held from Tuesday evening, 7:30, until Thursday evening at 5:00 that is, from September 9 to September 11, 1947.

Your conference committee met at Menno, South Dakota, January 20 of this year and made certain decisions; and here they are.

First, we considered the five suggestions we received for a possible topic from three brethren; and we decided to choose the theme: The Law. And under this main theme, we have the following sub-divisions: The Idea of the Law; The Law and the First Adam; The Law and the Gentiles; Christ under the Law; and: The Law and the Christian.

Second, we drew up the following program:

Tuesday, P. M., September 9, 1947

P.M.

7:30 Opening exercises and address: the President, Rev. A. Cammenga.

8:00 Lecture: The Idea Of The Law, Rev. H. Hoeksema.

9:00 Discussion.

9:45 Closing: Rev. Robert Stuebbe.

Wednesday, September 10, 1947

A.M.

9:00 Opening Exercises: Rev. U. Zogg.

9:30 The Law and the First Adam, Dr. K. J. Stuebbe.

9:30 Recess, 15 minutes.

10:45 Discussion, and if possible, business.

11:45 Closing: Rev. B. Kok.

P. M.

2:00 Opening Exercises: Rev. J. De Jong.

2:30 The Law and the Gentiles, Rev. P. De Boer.

3:30 Recess.

3:45 Discussion.

4:45 Closing, Rev. W. Grassmann.

Thursday, September 11, 1947

A.M.

9:00 Opening Exercises: Rev. D. E. Bosma.

9:30 Christ Under The Law, Rev. W. E. Korn.

10:30 Recess.

10:45 Discussion.

11:45 Closing, Rev. W. Hofman.

P.M.

1:30 Opening Exercises: Rev. J. Howerzyl.

2:00 The Law and The Christian, Rev. C. Hanko.

3:00 Recess.

3:15 Discussion.

4:15 Business.

5:00 Closing, Rev. H. Hoeksema.

Third, the Rev. G. Vos was instructed to write to the five brethren who were chosen to address the Sutton Conference and acquaint them with our choice of the themes, and also their individual sub-scheme on which they were to speak. (This was done by Rev. Vos January 22, 1947; and the 5 brethren evidently accepted their assignment, since they did not refuse).

Fourth, we decided to request collections in all our churches, of both the Protestant Reformed and the Reformed Church in the U.S., the proceeds to be sent, for the Protestant Reformed Churches to Rev. G. Vos at Edgerton, Minnesota and for the Reformed Churches in the U. S., to Rev. W. Korn, Menno, South Dakota.

Fifth, the conference committee was to meet again the 2nd Monday in February in order to further decide on whatever is necessary for the Sutton meeting. (This meeting was not held due to various circumstances, among which the ill-health of brother Korn.)

Lastly, we decided to publish our financial report and state of the finances as of this date, in Concordia, The Standard Bearer, The Witness, and Die Gemeinde-blatt.

And here follows the financial report as of today. A mimeographed financial report was submitted and accepted at the Hull Conference of 1946, where we showed a balance of $193.24.

Financial Statement of receipts and disbursements of the 1946 Conference between the ministers and students of the Protestant Reformed Churches and the Reformed Church in the U. S., held at Hull, Iowa, October 1-3, 1946.

Receipts:

October 1, 1946, balance on hand …………….. $193.24

Collections from the following churches:

Randolph, Wisconsin ………………………………….. 10.64

Redlands, California …………………………………. 32.80

Doon, Iowa ……… …………………………………….. 8.08

Oak Lawn, Illinois ……………………………………… 13.13

Rock Valley, Iowa …………………………………….. 9.10

Orange City, Iowa …………………………………………. 6.37

Hull, Iowa ……………………………………………………  27.32

Bellflower, California ………………………………….. 13.40

Hope, Michigan………………. ……………………….. 16.51

First Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan …….. 250.00

Fourth Church, Grand Rapids, Mich………… 28.68

Holland, Michigan ……………………………………….. 21.18

Pella, Iowa……………………………………………………. 15.28

Edgerton, Minnesota …………………………………….. 15.35

Kalamazoo, Michigan ………………………………….. 17.91

Sioux Center, Iowa ……………………………………… 9.88

Manhattan, Montana ……………………………………. 29.81

Creston Church, Grand Rapids, Mich. ………… 17.41

South Holland, Illinois ………………………………….. 30.01

Grand Haven, Michigan ………………………………….. 5.45

Hudsonville, Michigan ………………………………… 42.00

The Reformed Church in the U. S………….. 200.00

Rev. E. Buehrer, Green Bay, Wisconsin……………. 10.00

Collections at Conference …………………………. 83.95

TOTAL RECEIPTS: ………………………….. $1108.18

DISBURSEMENTS:

October 4, 1947, Bank Service …………………… $0.85

October 1-3, 1947, Travel Expense, delegates…. 609.66

October 3, 1947, Catering at (Hull, Iowa…….. 142.23

January 20 and 22, 1947:

Travel Expense, Stationery and postage……….. 14.49

TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS ……………… $767.23

May 10, 1947, Cash on hand …………………… $340.95

As soon as possible after the Conference at Hull, Iowa, in 1946, we put $300.00 of the balance on a Certificate of Deposit, drawing 1% interest, and the other $40.95 is on a checking deposit.

And now a final word.

By all means, let us all come to the Conference at Sutton, Nebraska. These conferences are a wonderful stimulus for all of us. Let us constantly remember that the glorious life of the Kingdom of God is tasted only in the communion with the Body of Christ. No one is sufficient unto himself. If we cut ourselves off from the communion with the brethren we become stagnant. At our conferences you will hear wonderful lectures, stimulating discussions, and the usual contact with one another. No one can attend these gatherings and go home unchanged. Be sure to come!

And let all our consistories take note of this kind request which we now make again: please, collect for the coming conference. Even though we have a nice balance left in the treasury, let us remember that the next conference will be much more expensive. And let our people remember that when your minister is enriched at such meetings, the spiritual benefits are also tasted by you. See you at Sutton, D.V.!

The Conference Committee,

Revs. Wm. Korn and G. Vos.